Author: admin

End of Season Celebration for Coggeshall Game

To celebrate the final home game of the 2017/18 Season, we are delighted to offer the game at reduced admission. Adults can enter for just £5 per person, Concessions £3 and all under-18’s go free. What’s more, as part of the day we are offering eleven exclusive mascot places for anyone under the age of 16. As a mascot you will be invited into the dressing room before the game, walk onto the pitch alongside your chosen player, take part in the pre-match photo and could even be chosen to ask questions after the game in an exclusive Q&A session.

Also due to the excellent new big screen TV in the Clubhouse we will be showing Liverpool vs Stoke City (12.30pm kick off) and Swansea vs Chelsea (5.30pm kick off) throughout the day with drink deals taking place.

Club announce new Stadium Sponsor

Newmarket Town are delighted to announce a new one-year sponsorship deal with construction industry experts Bloor International Enterprises.

Bloorie will become the Club’s stadium sponsor and back of shirt sponsor for the remainder of this season starting from today, with their logo prominently featuring on the back of all club shirts and training wear.

With a Head Office and Manufacturing facility based near Thetford, Bloorie deliver a range of services from large-scale commercial glazing to architecturally designed and manufactured rooflights and skylights for the domestic marketplace.

Sponsorship Manager, James Blair said of the partnership: “Bloor International Enterprises have made a commitment to supporting local and community driven organisations. This is why becoming the Stadium Sponsor at Newmarket Town FC is so important to us. Not only does it give us the opportunity to showcase our brand to a wide and captive audience, but it gives us the privilege of supporting a club that opens its doors to hundreds of children almost every day of the year. Sport is something that unites everyone, from all corners of the globe, and we firmly believe that by investing in Newmarket Town FC, we are making sure that those doors are kept open for our local community, week in week out, for the foreseeable future.”

John Olive, Chairman commented that: “Bloorie have a strong community connection being a local company and we are delighted that they have added us to their partnership clubs which already includes Cambridge United and Norwich. Two clubs that Newmarket have a great working relationship with.”

We thank Bloor International Enterprises for their support and welcome them to todays game.

For more information on Bloor International Enterprises please visit

Ladies Team Player Lauren Deller to offer Physio facilities in the clubhouse

The club is delighted to announce that Lauren Deller – BSc Hons Sports therapist, part of the Ladies team that gained qualification to the next round of the Ladies FA Cup has decided to rent a room in the Newmarket Town FC clubhouse to offer local people sports therapy.  As part of this deal Lauren has agreed to offer an exclusive discount to existing members of Newmarket Town Football Club.

Lauren is an experienced sports therapist and has BSc Hons Degree, ITEC level 4 sports massage qualification, Kinesiology taping, and dry needling qualification. Lauren has worked in numerous sports injury clinics, as well as at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Bury Town FC, Mildenhall Town FC and Ipswich Town FC.

Sports Therapy is an attribute to healthcare that can offer injury assessment, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for acute or chronic injuries. The injuries can occur from sport or work, it is important that the injury is treated quickly and effective; as this will promote sufficient healing and reduce the risk of injury re-occurrence due to the area being left weak and vulnerable.
Sports Therapy provides treatment includes sports massage, kinesiology taping, electrotherapy, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation for a wide range of injuries such as:

  • Muscles strains/tears
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Muscle pain/ soreness (DOMS)
  • Muscle stiffness/ increased muscle tightness
  • Postural defects ~ Acute (new) and chronic (old) injuries
  • Joint pain or injury Inflammation
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica.

To find out more or book Lauren’s services please see her poster below:

Youth Day 2017 – in conjunction with Non League Football Day

Saturday 7th October sees our annual Youth Team Day, showcasing the strong foundations the football club is built on by celebrating the participation of all of our youth teams from under 7’s all the way up to under 18’s
The culmination of this day will see us invite all of our youth teams on to our fantastic 3G pitch at half time for a large panoramic photo
Also as part of this day we are offering eleven exclusive mascot places for any children part of our Youth Team setup attending the youth day.  As a mascot you will be invited into the dressing room before the game, walk onto the pitch alongside your chosen player, take part in the pre-match photo and could be chosen to ask questions after the game during a Q&A session.  To be in with a chance of winning this exclusive experience, please collect your raffle ticket before the game – the draw will be made at 2.30pm on match day.
There will also be a bouncy castle, face painting and various other activities going on.
Book your tickets online to get Adult tickets for just £2 each, all Children Under 16 go free.


Please note tickets are only £2 via this link and will be full price on the gate. You will need to download and print your tickets to gain access, please don’t do this on a mobile – after purchasing you will receive an email containing a download link to the ticket. Please check your junk email if you haven’t received it.

Ticket Type Price Qty. Cart
Youth Day - Special Discounted Admission Rate £2
Add to Cart


If you are a local business and interested in advertising in the match day programme or exhibiting on the day, please email for more details

It’s a wrap – Cambridge United prove the perfect build up to FA Cup Weekend

Tuesday 19th July 2016, and the newly revamped Ridgeon’s Stadium played host to an all-star Cambridge first team as the wraps fully came off the brand new £750,000 pitch. It was a day of excitement and crowds flocked to see the pitch in all its finery.
Fast forward just over a year and yet again the Cambridge United/Newmarket Town partnership that sees hundreds of Cambridge youth team members train regularly at the state of the art 3G pitch was helped further when Cambridge United sent over a development squad. If 2016 was about the uncovering and the spectacle, 2017 was most certainly about the future. Cambridge’s team packed full of youth and talent. And after Newmarket Town’s near miss on promotion last season, the excitement is very much about what the current team might dare to dream and ultimately achieve.
The game didn’t disappoint with both teams starting well and play a high energy, high pressing game. The first half ended with Newmarket Town one nil down, but the game was in the balance.  The old cliche is that the next goal was crucial, and that was provided for Newmarket by Simon Swinton. It proved the turning point and the Jockeys soon took a 2-1 lead through Lloyd Groves before Cambridge pegged them back to 2-2. With the game approaching the closing stages it was our top striker from last season, Lewis Whitehead, who found himself through on goal before expertly placing a delicate chip over the keeper to seal a 3-2 win.
The Jockeys have one last pre-season friendly away at Bar Hill tomorrow (Thursday) evening 6.30pm kick off.
The new season starts at 3pm on Saturday 5th August with a home FA Cup game versus Great Wakering Rovers.

Season ends in disappointment

Sadly Newmarket Town’s season ended in disappointment with two defeats in their final weekend of games in the Thurlow Nunn League. The Jockeys lost the League Challenge Cup Final to local rivals Mildenhall in a closely fought game at Diss on a cold Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. The game got off to a disastrous start for Newmarket when Luke Butcher scored for the Hall from a Steve Spriggs free kick in the first minute of the game. Lewis Whitehead almost levelled the scores five minutes later when skipper Jack Watson fed him a perfect pass but his shot curled away over the head of a defender. Ollie Snaith, who had been recalled into the Newmarket squad following his recent stint with Cambridge City, was then was involved in a couple of scoring opportunities which sadly came to nothing. Mildenhall then conceded several free kicks for fouls on Lewis Whitehead and Deakan Napier but unfortunately none of these resulted in good scoring chances. Mildenhall finished the half strongly with Steve Spriggs putting in two great shots which were blocked by Ben Nower and Mark Webster respectively. Half Time Score 1-0

The Jockeys were soon back on level terms after the resumption when Jamie Thurlbourne put in a superb cross to Mark Webster who headed the ball down into the net from close range. The Jockeys were playing some excellent passing football which resulted in shots from Ollie Snaith and Deakan Napier. Mildenhall preferred a more direct route to goal and they also came close to scoring when Ben Nower had to make a stunning one handed save from a shot by Steve Spriggs. The decisive moment came in the seventieth minute when Dan Brown broke free down the left side of the pitch and put in a cross to the unmarked Steve Spriggs who hammered the ball into the net from twenty yards out. The Jockeys almost got back on level terms when Simon Swinton just failed to connect with another of Jack Watson’s teasing crosses. Final Score Mildenhall 2 Newmarket 1

On Saturday the Jockeys got off to an equally bad start when a shot by Callum Bennett in the fourth minute rebounded off James Chivers and Bennett made no mistake with his second opportunity to put the ball into the net. Jamie Thurlbourne, Jack Watson and Simon Swinton all had good chances to score before the interval but Craig Jennings came closest to scoring for the home side when he forced Ben Nower to make a brilliant save ten minutes before the break. Half Time Score 1-0

The Jockeys tried hard to get back into the game in the second half but Tom Winter sealed the points for the home side with a well taken goal in the sixtieth minute. This victory sealed the runners up spot in the League for Felixstowe. Final Score Felixstowe & Walton 2 Newmarket Town 0

Despite the weekend’s disappointments the Jockeys have finished the season in third place in the League scoring more goals than any of the other teams by a wide margin. Lewis Whitehead has also topped the individual goal scoring chart. Overall this has been the best season for the Jockeys since way back in the 1990’s and there is no doubt that this is down to the quality of both the current squad of players and the new 3G pitch at the Ridgeons Stadium. The hard working committee of the Club are planning some further ground improvements over the summer and everything bodes well for the future of football in Newmarket.

Report by Graham Edwards

Newmarket v Cambridge

Honours even in final home game

Both sides failed to convert several good scoring opportunities into goals in Newmarket’s final home game of the season and the teams had to settle for a share of the spoils. The Jockeys had two early chances to score but Eamon Hatoum’s shots were both cleared away for a corner. Following the second of these corners Jordan Haverson broke down field for the visitors and his shot was only cleared by the defence to Jack Herbert. His low shot went through a crowd of players in the home goalmouth to give the visitors an early lead. However the Jockeys levelled the scores in the 28th minute when Jamie Thurlbourne weaved his way past a defender. His shot was parried away by Luis Tibbles but only to Charlie Bowen who headed the ball firmly into the net. With just minutes remaining in the half Nathan Stone broke through the defence and despite having four attackers against just two defenders he chose to shoot himself from long range. Fortunately for the home side his shot went well wide of the goal! Half Time Score: Newmarket 1 Kirkley & Pakefield 1

Mid way through the second half Lewis Whitehead set up great chances for both Deakan Napier and Charlie Bowen but sadly neither could hit the back of the net. In an attempt to break the deadlock Kevin Grainger moved Jamie Thurlbourne from full back into the attack and this move helped create several more chances. With ten minutes remaining Thurlbourne found Deakan Napier who took the ball to the line and pulled it back to skipper Jack Watson but his tremendous shot was just saved by Luis Tibbles. Napier then had a shot from just six yards out which was again saved by the visiting keeper who was in fine form. In the final minute of the game a great passing move involving several of the home side ended when Jack Watson fired the ball over the bar. Full Time Score Newmarket 1 Kirkley & Pakefield 1

This result leaves the Jockeys in third place in the league. They now need to win their final game at second placed Felixstowe & Walton next Saturday by four clear goals  if they are to overtake the Seasiders and claim second place for the first time in 50 years. It is a tough ask but with this group of determined players anything is possible. It’s certainly going to be a tough and exciting end the to season next weekend with the League Cup Final against Mildenhall also taking place on Bank Holiday Monday.

Match Report by Graham Edwards

Newmarket maintain good home form 

Newmarket Town were out to make amends for their defeat at Humber Doucy Lane last November in the return fixture at the Ridgeons Stadium on Saturday. The Jockeys were without three members of their regular squad and matters were made worse when the influential Jamie Thurlbourne injured his back in the warm up and withdrew from the match. However the three Under 18 players (Eamon Hatoum, Alistair Conway and Ethan Murphy) who filled the vacant spots did the Club proud in yet another highly entertaining game on the recently maintained 3G pitch at the Ridgeons Stadium.
The visitors started the match with all guns blazing and Ben Nower had to make three awesome saves in the first fifteen minutes from great shots by Danny Thrower (twice) and Kyron Andrews. The Jockeys responded with a powerful shot from Austen Diaper which the defenders just managed to scramble away from the goalmouth. The Ipswich defence could not however prevent Deakan Napier from scoring seconds later when his formidable shot from just outside the box took a very slight deflection off a defender and hit the back of the net. Ben Nower then pulled off another spectacular save from Jack Severy following a good build up involving several of the Ipswich front line.
Seven minutes before the break the Jockeys increased their lead. An intended clearance by the defence only found Deakan Napier who quickly fed the ball to the on rushing Eamon Hatoum. The youngster drove the ball forward and hit a tremendous left foot shot to score his first senior goal for the Jockeys. Just before the break Ipswich pulled a goal back when Jack Severy hit the back of the net with a shot which Ben Nower had little chance of stopping. Half Time Score: Newmarket 2 Ipswich 1
The visitors started the second half in determined style and the vastly experienced Danny Thrower scored from a very tight angle to level the scores. Ten minutes later Austen Diaper received a delightful through ball from Simon Swinton in midfield and his volley rocketed into the top corner of the net to restore the home side’s lead. Mid way through the half Deakan Napier beat a defender with one of his typical weaving runs and his perfect pass found the League’s leading goalscorer, Lewis Whitehead free in front of goal and he made no mistake in scoring his thirty third goal of the season. Final Score: Newmarket 4 Ipswich 2

This win kept the Jockeys firmly in contention for a great end to the season. Fourth placed Gorleston lost away at Hadleigh to virtually end their hopes of a top three finish. The Jockeys remain one point behind second placed Felixstowe & Walton with everything left to play for in the final three fixtures. 

Man of the Match : Jointly awarded to Ben Nower and Eamon Hatoum by Manager Kevin Grainger.

Match Report by Graham Edwards

Wivenhoe hit for ten by Red Hot Jockeys

The Jockeys moved up to within one point of second place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table following this totally dominant display against lowly Wivenhoe Town. The home side created only a handful of chances to score whereas the free-flowing attacking style of the Jockeys enabled them to rack up a very impressive tally of goals.
The first goal came in just the fourth minute when Jack Watson passed the ball to Lewis Whitehead on the edge of the box. His centre found Austen Diaper unmarked in front of goal and he simply tapped the ball into the net. Eight minutes later the Jockeys doubled their lead Lewis Whitehead fired the ball from out on the left. The ball was heading into the goal but it took a wicked deflection off a defender to give the home keeper, Ben Gallifant, no chance of stopping the ball.

The home side’s first chance of the game came in the twenty fourth minute when Joe McCracken chipped the ball over the advancing Ben Nower to score. Within a minute however the Jockeys restored their two goal advantage when Paul Betson volleyed the ball from out on the left into the net. Six minutes later Charlie Bowen was knocked to the ground inside the penalty area in a clumsy challenge. Skipper Jack Watson stepped up to score from the resulting penalty. Lewis Whitehead then had two great chances to score in quick succession but sadly each time his shot went just over the bar. However the Jockeys increased their lead with minutes remaining in the first half when Simon Swinton cleverly rounded a defender and found Austen Diaper who scored his second goal of the game. Half Time Score: Wivenhoe 1 Newmarket 5

The Jockeys started the second half in an equally determined mood with some great flowing football. Within three minutes Jack Watson laid on a perfect pass to Lewis Whitehead who received the ball out on the left. He then evaded two defenders before rounding the home keeper to score. Fifteen minutes later Deakan Napier put in a cross from the right which Austen Diaper headed expertly into the net to complete his hat trick of goals. On the half hour Napier once again turned provider as he weaved his way through several defenders before passing the ball to Lewis Whitehead who also completed a hat trick of goals. Within a minute Deakan Napier turned from provider to scorer when he lobbed the ball over Ben Gallifant and into the net. With just a few minutes remaining on the clock Austen Diaper ran down the wing and passed the ball to Paul Betson who scored his second goal of the game. Final Score Wivenhoe 1 Newmarket 10

This was a very painful afternoon for the home supporters but the travelling fans and officials went home to Suffolk in jubilant mood. The Jockeys had dominated the game from start to finished, played some truly entertaining, attacking football and scored some high quality goals. With both Gorleston and Felixstowe & Walton losing Newmarket moved up to within one point of second place in the League table. The Jockeys move on to play two games over Easter. They are at home to Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday and then make the short trip to Ely on Easter Monday.

Man of the Match: Paul Betson for his all round brilliant performance and for his brace of goals.

Match report by Graham Edwards

Jockeys win local derby

A bumper crowd at the Ridgeons Stadium on Saturday were treated to an extremely entertaining match with eight absolutely top class goals being scored in total. There could have been even more goals in the game had it not been for a brilliant display by teenage goalkeeper Ollie Froud. The Jockeys’ Under 18 keeper was making his first team debut for the Jockeys in the absence of Ben Nower whose wife went into labour just hours before kick off. Froud made four superb saves in the first half alone as part of an excellent all round display of goalkeeping.

The Jockeys started the scoring bonanza in the twentieth minute when Jamie Thurlbourne put in a pinpoint cross which Austen Diaper headed firmly into the net from the back post . Shortly afterwards Charlie Bowen went back into the changing rooms for treatment to a bad gash on his forehead. Rovers took full advantage of their one man advantage as Rafal Wozniak scored from the edge of the 6 yard box to level the scores. Two minutes later the Jockeys restored their lead following a foul by Luke Haines on the Jockeys’ skipper Jack Watson. Paul Betson received the ball from the resulting free kick and he centred to Deakan Napier who headed home. Froud then made two one handed saves from Luke Haines and Jordan Palmer respectively before the Jockeys increased their lead. Jack Watson hit a powerful shot which was turned into the path of Lewis Whitehead and the League’s leading goalscorer made no mistake in scoring from short range. However Luke Haines swiftly reduced the deficit with a cracking goal which was a fair reward for his first half efforts. With less than a minute remaining before the half time break young Ollie Froud was again called on to make two outstanding saves to keep Rovers at bay. Half Time Score: 3-2

Within two minutes of the restart Jamie Thurlbourne hit a typical long range effort which curled magnificently over the visiting keeper, Charlie Turner, and into the net. Ten minutes later Austen Diaper got his second goal of the game with a thunderbolt shot from the edge of the box. Plucky Rovers tried hard to get back into the game and Froud pulled off yet another fabulous save from a stinging shot from substitute Rory Jebb. With seconds remaining Haverhill got some further reward for their efforts when Ben Bradley scored from close range. Final Score: 5-3